Twelve Months to a Lifetime Career

When you think of it how many careers can you go from not knowing anything about the industry, receive funding, complete training, and be fully employed and making money in twelve months? Most professional careers require two to six years of certifications before you have the ability to make any money. Other manufacturing positions may offer work right away, but are low paying and it can be hard to make enough money to support a family. High paying positions in places like car manufacturing are tough to find if there at all. When you look at career options from above it makes transportation a serious contender for being one of the best options for many people.


I recently had a conversation with a driver that is now a successful business owner in under five years of time. I asked him how he got into the trucking industry and he mentioned that it all started with an advertisement he saw that said he could make thousands of dollars as a truck driver. He didn’t answer that advertisement, but it did get him started down the road to a career in trucking. At the time he saw the ad he was working as low paying factory worker and thousands of dollars was more money than he made in a month at that current job.

In five years he got his licence, worked for a couple of carriers, ran team and found he liked operating as a single driver, and bought his own truck. He has now made good money, takes regular time off to recharge or travel and enjoys the trucking life. His future includes starting his own trucking company and giving back to new drivers in the industry.

As we roll into 2019 think about it, you could start a new career today not having anything but a general car licence and in twelve months be earning thousands of dollars per month like this driver. Of course if it was that easy everyone would do it and I am not trying make it sound easy it is a hard job, but it can set you up for a life long career that maybe you hadn’t thought of before. There is one way to find out if it’s the right career for you, call a training school and get more information.

Here are three steps to get you started:

  • Call a certified truck training school from the TTSAO list of schools.
  • Call a carrier from the TTSAO Carrier Group to learn about the job.
  • Make a list of what you want to achieve in your career and get started.

Happy New Year to you and all the best on your career for the future.


About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast for Truck Drivers. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit


Membership in the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario can be of great benefit to you, whether you provide commercial driver training, employ drivers, or are in some other segment of the transportation industry. Join our association today to become part of this team of professionals whose goal is to improve and unify truck driver training standards, resulting in highly skilled, better prepared, entry-level and re-certified commercial drivers.

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